Posted: 06.04.21 at 17:00 by The Editor
A group of friends challenged themselves to climb every Snowdonia peak over 3,000 feet, walking 100 km.
The six men battled freezing temperatures, driving rain and gale-force winds to climb all but one of 15 mountains, raising almost £10,000 for St David’s Hospice.
Team members Alun Pritchard, Ben Woof, Gary Field, Gareth Lavin, Howard Vaughan and Mark Orme say they are very grateful to everyone who has supported them.
Gary, of Llandudno Junction, explained: “We decided that the Welsh 3,000s was an ideal challenge. The Welsh 3,000s are defined as fifteen peaks that are over 3,000 feet in the Snowdonia National Park, and the challenge is completed by hiking up to 50 km. However, this did not seem to be enough distance, so we added 50 km more.
“With a route planned, we decided that a local charity should benefit from our challenge, and with not much debate, St David’s Hospice was selected. This was because most of the team had a close connection with the charity, where St David’s provided outstanding end-of-life care to members of their families in their final days whilst support was given to them personally.
“Unfortunately, training was not as straight forward as it should have been due to Covid-19 and meant walks, hikes and runs were conducted either in pairs, abiding by Covid-19 guidance, or by ourselves, attempting to achieve up to 30 km as the training progressed.
“As if the challenge were not hard enough, we were greeted by snow-capped peaks, temperatures of -4 degrees with a wind chill of -9 degrees, horizontal rain that would thrash into our faces - gusts of up to 80mph - that alone was enough to make people want to go home. After a few moans, the lads got strangely used to the ten-hour days. The effort the team put in was nothing less than admirable, with some facing fears of heights, falling and being wet and cold.”
The team walked 103 km and climbed fourteen of the peaks but had to admit defeat on Elidir Fawr in the Glyderau range. Unfortunately, as they approached the peak, the winds were too severe and posed an imminent danger to life."
Their fundraising effort continues until May 1, and donations can be made here